Photography by Kayte Demont
A few months ago, Kayte and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Henry Pallares, a.k.a VENTUS, a producer and DJ currently based out of Denver. Henry is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and we immediately connected. We talked about things that inspire us, his creative process, as well as trying to flip the script and bring a spark back to electronic music. Mass Musings sets out to find people who are both talented and genuine, and Henry is just that. There’s really nothing like connecting with someone over something you’re both passionate about.
You may recognize Henry from when he played at the Mass Musings relaunch party in August and absolutely KILLED it. The dude knows what he’s doing – he can read a room, makes people get down and keeps the party going. He has been a key part of our community since we met and we know there are big things in his future (Kayte took some DOPE photographs of him and really captured his energy).
It’s been a pleasure watching Henry gain momentum in the Denver house music scene and landing opening sets for artists such as Wax Motif, Vanic, Dillon Nathaniel, and more. He recently played at Far Out Factory alongside Will Clarke, Crooked Colours, and Brasstracks. Henry has been locked in the studio working on some new music and trust me when I say, they’re heaters. Keep your eyes peeled for the first single, “Places”, off his EP being released this week!
In preparation for all of his new music, I asked Henry some burning questions that you all want the answers to:
What’s one thing musically / non-musically that inspires you?
I’ve always been inspired by classic compositions, mainly string driven pieces. I find the warmth of strings instruments extremely relaxing, especially if accompanied by keys. Something about the two has always dug deep in me and emoted pure emotion. I try to keep this in mind when working on my own music.
Non-musically, I don’t know that’s there’s anything more inspiring than the elements of nature. That’s why I named myself after one of them. Ventus means wind in Latin.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
That’s a tough question. I‘d like to think something with a sense of creative freedom, while still constructing within a framework – much like what composing music feels like. I grew up playing a ton of videos games, and much of the music I was first exposed to came from games. I learned a lot about melodies from lots of Japanese musicians who scored the first games I fell in love with as a child. I try my best to find time to revisit those games every so often. If for any other reason, then to be inspired by a familiar influence that I never want to grow too far apart from.
What is the biggest challenge for you when writing music?
Generally, I struggle with bass instrumentation. The first instruments I ever laid my hands on were the violin and the guitar which aren’t obvious choices for writing bass. I’ve never physically played the bass guitar or drums so personally, I lack in those departments as a composer. In time I’ve learned to have a tremendous appreciation for those types of instruments and hope to learn them just as well someday.
What is one house chore you don’t mind doing?
Cleaning my hardwood floors haha. Cleaning in general is satisfying. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a huge neat freak.
Do you have any quirky pre-show rituals?
Taking a shower before heading to soundcheck is one of my all time favorite things to do. I really take the time to envision how my set will go and make sure I’m in a head space where I’m excited to be one with the music and crowd.
Tell us a little bit about the next year for you and any exciting projects you have on the horizon.
2020 will be a year full of new music for me. Having really found my sound in the last year, and knowing just how to write out my emotions, I can’t wait to musically verbalize all the stories I’m dying to tell. I still have lots of work to finish before the end of the year tho. My debut EP will be out November 1st, which includes my two previous singles and a couple of new tunes. One in particular, is a collaboration with California-based producer Maximo. It’s going to bring absolute heat to my future sets and I can’t wait to play it out live. I’m also back at Club Vinyl in Denver November 2nd playing a direct support set for young house prodigy Mason Maynard.
Mass Musings Must Answers:
What are you favorite shoes to perform in?
I can’t seem to stop wearing slip on vans these days, so I’d say those. I’m also an Ultra Boost snob.
Black. I know that’s not a color, but neither is White and that was going to be my second answer. Grey?
Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. Glass bottled Coke to be precise. I’m from Colombia, South America. That’s the only way you’ll find Coke down there…
Unpopular opinion but Peach Rings are both my favorite candy and my 2nd biggest guilty pleasure. My first guilty pleasure is 2000’s pop songs.
If you could choose to be any dinosaur, which would you be?
Petrie from The Land Before Time.
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